YAKIMA, Wash. — Yakima County commissioners have ratified two more labor settlements with employee groups representing Department of Corrections clerical staff and solid waste employees, about 70 county employees in all.
The agreements commissioners signed Tuesday bring to four the number of settlements among the 16 bargaining units in county government.
Human Resources Director Linda Dixon told commissioners the terms are the same as the earlier settlements: A two-year agreement with a 1 percent wage increase for 2013, $50 per month more toward employee health insurance, and adoption of a compensation plan that ends the annual anniversary base wage increases in favor of commissioners determining whether to grant pay increases. With the medical premium increase, the county will contribute $750 per month.
The earlier agreements signed within the last month were with the Clerical, Technical and Professional bargaining unit representing employees in Public Services, and animal control officers. Those agreements mirror terms announced Tuesday.
Dixon said two additional agreements have been ratified, but signed contracts have not yet been submitted to commissioners for approval.
Commissioners said they appreciate the unions recognizing the county’s financial plight.
In other business, commissioners declared next week as Martin Luther King Jr. Week in Yakima to commemorate King’s life and work in the civil rights movement.